This latest delay stems from the same concerns.
In particular, the act requires governments to expedite applications where telecom companies plan to add to or replace equipment at an existing tower. Jarrard said the city wants to make certain the ordinance clearly differentiates between existing and new construction.
Telecom interests also want the city to relax setback requirements, arguing they are already being made to pursue stealth technologies (disguising towers as trees or flagpoles). They also object to an annual license fee, which the city says it needs to pay for inspections.
The city established a moratorium on cell tower applications in April. That month, T-Mobile South won permission to build only one of three cellphone towers it had requested. The council allowed construction of a tower at 13302 New Providence Road as long as T-Mobile submits an engineering plan for wind load requirements and the tower doesn’t exceed 100 feet. T-Mobile had sought a 150-foot tower.